Review: Cloakroom x ‘Further Out’ EP

It was confirmed when indie collective Cloakroom released their promotional 7” single, “Dream Warden”, this past November that one of the Midwest threesome’s best weapons is smoldering distortion; they rock with mind-trampling shoegaze, taking a consolingly messy approach that drowns out your ears and fills the mind with cloudy angst from a strangely warm and…

Review: TV on the Radio-‘Seeds’

Another stint in their 12-year, voltaic art-rock career, Seeds is TV on the Radio’s pulsating, public re-entry by way of new, pleasant discombobulation. It’s also their first work in three years, following the loss of bassist Gerard Smith to cancer during the release of Nine Types of Light (2011). The EP runs the instrumental gamut, from handbell-tinkling,…

Released: Childish Gambino’s ‘STN MTN’ in Entirety

Having slipped us a taste of his latest work via the serenely hallucinogenic “Sober” just over a week ago, Gambino now officially reveals the STN MTN mixtape in its entirety…[and freely]. The other “half”, entitled Kauai, will be an iTunes-exclusive release, with an ETA not yet announced. 11 tracks deep, STN MTN depicts an occasionally R&B-entangled Gambino (“U…

Elijah Blake’s ‘Drift’ Discreetly Makes it to iTunes

Without much notice, mellow-natured R&B-er Elijah Blake published his newest studio album today by enabling an open, SoundCloud stream-session. The entire album is also available for purchase in iTunes. A behind-the-scenes sort of artist, Blake hasn’t yet produced the public hype that his big voice–or his writing ability [see Usher’s “Climax]–deserves. Besides a summer 2013…

Thom Yorke’s Random EP Release: ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’

When Thom Yorke’s not vocally serving in Radiohead reunions, he’s indulging in solo-electronic experimentation…a kind that thrusts fans into a privately weirder dimension than ever unearthed in all of the alt rock group’s 22-years of singularity. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes succeeds first-album The Eraser (2006), but only after an 8-year break of brainstorming; a lull ended by Yorke’s itching…

“0 to 100” and Drake’s Mastery of the Outro

With the drop of Drizzy’s possibly most career-defining track, it’s clear that the 27-year-old rapper can play both roles: soft and hard. 0 to 100 is not just any boasting joint, like “Trophies”, “Draft Day”, or even “Started from the Bottom”. Rather, it’s more like a long-awaited success story to tell: one Drake happens to…